Matt Holland "Bannau Brycheiniog"

Matt Holland tells his story of multiple visits to the UK National Park, Brecon Beacons in South Wales.

The Brecon Beacons is somewhere I’ve only been a few times on expedition, but this has only been leading groups of teenagers and ensuring they are safe out in the mountains, so I’ve had little to no time to enjoy the vast mountain range and scenery the national park has to offer.

So, in 2018 I decided to make use of my weekends and head over to the park on a series of weekends and explore different regions and enjoy what the park has to offer. With the Brecon Beacons being my closest mountain range at 150 miles it’s easy for me to travel down on a Friday after work and enjoy the outdoors with the odd trip down to the Gower.

Over the past 9 weeks I’ve climbed mountains, been sun burnt, soaked to the bone, cold, hot, wet, swimming, bitten, blood, no tears, mud and much more and loved every moment despite poor weather, extreme heat and an average of 3 hours sleep on the weekends.

One of the main opportunities I wanted to take advantage of was the Dark Sky status and improve upon my astrophotography. Capturing the Milky way, Mars, Perseid Meteors and bioluminescent plankton.

Here is a collection of my trips to the Brecon Beacons with each trip bringing something very different from the last.

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Isabel Curdes "Transcending"

It is a story about life and death, 

about the beauty of our ephemeral existence

and the acceptance that one day

we will ‘just’ be

a memory…

The story begins with the full ripe beauty of the outside world, the hope and indications of a another cycle of life, followed by the feel of the blood, red and pulsating, full of energy and life, the nerves first connecting and finally slowly withdrawing from the outside world, a look inside, deeper, the seeds are sown, then the light is fading, and what remains is a calmness, an emptiness...

a beautiful memory...

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Ross Brown "Above Landmannalaugar"

The Landmannalaugar region, in the Central Highlands of Iceland, is characterised by low mountains and meandering rivers in U shaped valleys. The area is relatively young from a geological point of view and typifies the volcanic nature of Iceland. The mountains are predominately made of Rhyolite, a type of igneous rock with a wide ranging colour palate of red, brown and orange. In winter much of the area is inaccessible and covered by snow and ice. As this starts to melt in late spring, the colours of the mountains are gradually revealed, interspersed by patches of white. Viewed from above, abstract patterns are unveiled particularly where swathes of snow are coloured by ash.

This portfolio was photographed from a helicopter during 2 trips in different years in late June. During the first trip, dappled light brought out the wonderful tones of rhyolite. The snow was predominantly on higher slopes and reflected light created a contrast of blue on the valley floor. During the second trip, after a harsher winter, the landscape had a more minimalist feel with moody light and softer tones.


All images & text Copyright © Ross Brown

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